The discovery and identification of the Beaucamps Ligny Fifteen

The discovery and identification of the Beaucamps Ligny Fifteen

In the autumn of 2009, during excavation work for a building project, human remains were discovered between the villages…

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Zeppelins over Norfolk

Zeppelins over Norfolk

The First World War was a conflict of many firsts. While the Great War saw the debut of mass public recruitment as well …

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We Rest Below the Waves

We Rest Below the Waves

Stoker 1st Class Herbert Allcorn had already served five years in the Royal Navy and was on Reserve when he was called b…

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The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

The world’s largest pre-atomic explosion: Halifax Harbour 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples…

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Battle of the Falklands 1914

Battle of the Falklands 1914

“We landed to bury our dead.  The dignified memorial service in Port Stanley Cathedral, and the sight of four boy bugle…

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New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'

New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'

Whilst the vast majority of First World War actions took place in France and Belgium, there were other theatres of war i…

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Drunk as a Lord? The dismissal and redemption of Lord Edward Seymour

Drunk as a Lord? The dismissal and redemption of Lord Edward Seymour

Cambrai - Attack and stalemate The British attack at Cambrai on 20 November 1917 is well known for the mass-use of tank…

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The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong?

The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong?

The Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 turned out, for both Britain and Germany, to be a major signpost showing how to b…

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The Loss of the Britannic : 21 November 1916

The Loss of the Britannic : 21 November 1916

Some years ago there was much publicity around the 100th anniversary of the loss of the RMS Titanic, which - as is well …

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Discipline in the BEF: An analysis of executions  in British Divisions 1914-1918

Discipline in the BEF: An analysis of executions in British Divisions 1914-1918

It is well recorded that despite a dubious disciplinary record, Australian troops were amongst the most effective of tho…

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Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow: soldier, jockey and one of the first British deaths in the Great War

Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow: soldier, jockey and one of the first British deaths in th…

Arthur Hughes-Onslow was born in 1862. He joined the 10th Hussars at Lucknow, India and stayed in the regiment for 20 ye…

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Finding Great Uncle George

Finding Great Uncle George

The following message from David Jenkins relates to the way the Pension Records can help find 'missing' relatives who we…

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